It only feels like yesterday that I was looking forward to Maya 2018, but here we are 494 days since the last major release and I’m just as excited.
There’s now an option to use Arnold in Viewport 2.0, which will help artists tweaking their scene ready for the final output.
Launching Maya files has seen a significant speed increase, even with scenes including MetaData. Viewport selection is quicker, as are material and texture load times. All these under the hood fixes are geared toward making Maya faster and more efficient to use.
Arch-Viz users will definitely see the benefit of built-in options for RenderPeople presets through the content browser. And there are some new render setup features and even a video series to help you understand them (available here).